Wounded Warrior Project Leadership to Participate in 2018 America’s Warrior Partnership Symposium
WASHINGTON (Sept. 6, 2018) – Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recognizes that working together and partnering with like-minded organizations produces a larger impact on the health and well-being of wounded veterans. This week, America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) will host its 5th annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium in Atlanta, bringing together hundreds of veteran-serving professionals to connect with new resources, share best practices on advocacy and support for wounded veterans, and hear from numerous experts and thought-leaders.
Since February 2014, WWP, AWP, and community partners in Georgia, Florida, New York, and South Carolina have collaborated to provide a diverse spectrum of local assistance to wounded veterans, including housing, employment, education, and assistance with benefits and healthcare.
“When we partner with organizations like America’s Warrior Partnership, we’re supporting a critical united network of care in the local communities where wounded veterans live and work,” said René Bardorf, WWP Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, who will moderate a panel on the importance of investments and partnerships in organizations that support the military and veteran community. “Not only does that investment build strong communities in underserved areas, it ensures that no wounded veterans are left behind if a need exists that is outside the scope of Wounded Warrior Project’s direct programs and services.”
WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington will speak at this year’s symposium on the importance of camaraderie among service members, their resilience as they recover from the wounds of war in their return to civilian life, and the critical role that a united support network plays at the local level.
“Through my own military experience, I understand the burdens of war that so many warriors have shouldered,” Linnington said. “I have also witnessed the strength, resilience, and commitment of these brave men and women while serving beside them – and as they return home and transition back into civilian life. That first year back home can set the stage for the rest of a warrior’s life. Their military experiences redefined their tribes and what that type of camaraderie means to them. We know warriors recover better in their homes and communities, and we must support them where they can thrive. Wounded Warrior Project can fill some gaps, but a full network of support is needed to meet each warrior where they are, in their communities.”
The themes of community and camaraderie among veterans are especially significant at this year’s symposium, as one of the keynote speakers is Sebastian Junger, author of the best-selling book “Tribe” and director of the award-winning documentary “Restrepo.” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie will also deliver keynote remarks at the gathering.
To watch these symposium discussions live, visit https://www.facebook.com/AWPartnership. See the full schedule of events and panel discussions here: https://americaswarriorpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Prelim-Agenda-with-Session-Titles-8.31.18-1.pdf.
To learn more about how partnerships with organizations like AWP are transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities, visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/community-partners.
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Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more: http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.